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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 UglyDolls (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Positive messaging about celebrating our unique imperfections and seeking your own truth has never felt more urgent to children in the age of Instagram. Pity, then, that this toothless and derivative marketing exercise doesn't practise what it preaches. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Kevin Maher It doesn't always click (a scene involving a suicidal dog minder is a bit arch), but the dauntless ambition is never in doubt. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Kevin Maher The lifeless narrative rhythm, which quickly succumbs to a deadly causal trap (and then, and then, and then), doesn't help either. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Leto (2018) Kevin Maher Don't let the premise intimidate you. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Ed Potton Suffice to say that this film is keenly aware of its origins and their essential absurdity. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Not superbad - but not that good either. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Ed Potton But much like the Playmobil toys, with their poky feet and weird, lobster-like hands, Playmobil: The Movie is similar but inferior to the Lego equivalent. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Kevin Maher The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1/5 Balance, Not Symmetry (2019) Ed Potton Everyone in the film is annoying - variously self-obsessed, pseudy, theatrically needy or hopelessly drippy, while the dialogue veers between excruciating and cheesy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 Charming (2018) Kevin Maher It's mostly moronic and lazy, but some of the pop ditties are nice. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Animals (2019) Kevin Maher Grainger, typically, yet again, is heroic and delivers everything she can, including myriad expressive looks, some nice physical comedy and a pitch-perfect Dublin accent in an admirable attempt, ultimately fruitless, to breathe life into a corpse. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 Photograph (2019) Kevin Maher It's an artful look at two misfit loners who find each other. But only just. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Ed Potton It's not offensively dire, just half-hearted and derivative, with a Dirty Dozen-style assembly of a team, a Bond-style assault on Zeta's icy lair and an earnest message of unity across races. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Kevin Maher Don't let the trailer fool you. It's pants (insert crotch joke here). EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley How to Break into the Elite was astute and depressing because it confirmed what I imagine many already suspected. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 () Ed Potton It is contrived - no longer based around real, erm, history - and less horrible; most of the deaths happen off-camera, presumably to secure a PG rating. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 The Great Hack (2019) Kevin Maher This high-profile... documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal is... frequently gripping, gorgeous to watch, occasionally thought-provoking, always entertaining and yet, ultimately, a tiny bit vapid. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Kevin Maher Oh, this is just lovely. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
1/5 The Current War (2017) Kevin Maher The film's release was duly paused and in the two years since there have been reshoots, five new scenes added and ten minutes cut from the original Toronto version. It's still a dirge. It's flat and repetitive. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 () Chris Bennion It is with some trepidation that I tell you that I barely endured, let alone enjoyed How the Middle Class Ruined Britain. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 () Kevin Maher It progresses, however, into something darker and sadder, and is a bitter testament to the power of commercial interests to weaponise the law for financial gain. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 Gwen (2018) Ed Potton It's a bleakly beautiful film, full of angry skies and distant thunder. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 Making Noise Quietly (2019) Ed Potton It's an eloquent film about silences, how they can hurt and sometimes protect. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Kevin Maher Yikes. That wasn't pretty. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 The Edge (2019) Ed Potton Douglas's film is a moving examination of the prizes and prices of sporting success. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 Sixteen Candles (1984) Kevin Maher Watch with compassion. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Kevin Maher It gets a little less sexy towards the end as she ruminates on her love affair with still photography and the essence of truth in the captured image, but overall this is an essential and heart-warming portrait of a sorely missed talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
() Camilla Long The documentary carried in-depth interviews with a series of, well, I suppose the word is crustaceans, who took the business of being etiolated and unattractive to baroque new depths. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 Inside the Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year (2019) Chris Bennion It was interesting to catch a glimpse behind the silicon curtain, but there was a sense of awe here that jarred. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 Kursk (2018) Ed Potton [T]his is a punchy and poignant piece of film-making from Vinterberg. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Kevin Maher The Dead Don't Die, instead, stomps in like your drunken uncle at a wedding disco and announces that it's here, and that everything's fine because it's going to have a lot of fun at the zombie movie's expense. If only. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
5/5 () Carol Midgley The documentary pulled no punches in spelling out that there is no test, no cure, no treatment, no way of knowing how many people are silently infected. And this was all preventable, a man-made disaster. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Kevin Maher The Lion King is dead. Long live The Lion King. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) Carol Midgley It was breathtaking. And strangely moving. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley Some parents dread having an unhappy child; others fear having a lazy or selfish one. Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight Isis showed the unique peril of having the child who is brave and principled. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Never Look Away (2018) Kevin Maher Another misstep, this time considerably less forgivable. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 Don't Look Now (1973) Kevin Maher Genius. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Kevin Maher The cracks and inconsistencies are mostly erased by Pugh, a performer of alarming power, who possesses a face, indecently expressive, for which cinema was made. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 () Carol Midgley An ugly scenario elegantly described. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Psychopath with Piers Morgan (2019) Carol Midgley [Piers] Morgan may pick Twitter fights, but here he took a restrained, clinical approach, interviewing [Paris] Bennett from behind reinforced glass, quietly wrong-footing him by asking simple questions. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones (2019) Carol Midgley Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones was remarkable not only for filling the knowledge gaps that I imagine most of us have about the drone threat, but also raising the question: why aren't we obsessed with this stuff? EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 () Carol Midgley McEnroe does self-deprecation brilliantly; Sue Barker's documentary showed that. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
() Liam Fay Despite the richness and complexity of the central narrative, the programme degenerated into a high-end promo for the golf tourist trade. Some links to the past are impossible to break. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
5/5 M (1931) Kevin Maher Be afraid. Be properly afraid. The greatest creation of Fritz Lang's career remains one of the most disturbing movies of his, or any, film-making era. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Ed Potton Strickland's cinematic worlds certainly aren't for everyone... I found it a hoot: knowing, creepy, stylish. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Kevin Maher The structure is a mess. The characters are plastic. And the lines are Seventies sitcom bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Kevin Maher Hall is a revelation (dominant in nearly every scene), and the rooftop climax is fittingly cathartic. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Kevin Maher Go. Rush out. Find this film now. Find it on the biggest possible screen, accompanied by the best, loudest sound. And sit back and marvel. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) Kevin Maher Frankly, it's not great. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kevin Maher Here [Watts] has taken the vacation movie and slammed it up against a self-satirising anti-blockbuster. And if it doesn't always feel like an effortless match, he should certainly receive an A for effort. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019